MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: January 2021

Welcome to New Beginnings, Dear Readers!

New Year Kitten

As our Mesdames and Messieurs continue to write and make plans for 2021, good news from last year keeps popping up.

This issue kicks off with the January 2021 issue of  The Big Thrill highlighting an interview with Lisa de Nikolits about her latest book. The Rage Room.

There’s also a terrific interview with Rosemary McCracken on the ThatChannel.com’s Crime Scene Confidential hosted by Sharon Crawford. And lots more kudos and review links to books by our authors to tempt your fancy.

INTERVIEWS

The Rage Room

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits‘ latest cross-genre book The Rage Room gets thrilling treatment in her interview with The Big Thrill.

Read Lisa’s Big Thrill Interview.

Crime Beat Confidential

Sharon’s wide-ranging interview on Crime Beat Confidential with Rosemary McCracken covered topics such as the sticky topic of book reviews, Rosemary’s short story writing, her popular Pat Tierney series—the latest book being Uncharted Waters—and a discussion of plot structure for novels (Rosemary teaches Novel Writing II at George Brown College, Toronto).

KUDOS

Why the Rock Falls

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

Why the Rock Falls

Why the Rock Falls by J.E. Barnard was reviewed by Anne Logan on CBC Calgary:  “Barnard’s use of red herrings is also impressive; the related storylines and minor characters all served to distract me from focusing on who the real perpetrator was because I got caught up in the drama of the storyline.”

As of January 5, 2021, Why the Rock Falls audiobook is available on Amazon.

The Rage Room

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

The Rage Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews for The Rage Room by Lisa de Nikolits

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54637410-the-rage-room

Miramichi Reader:
https://miramichireader.ca/2020/12/the-rage-room-by-lisa-de-nikolits/

Dr. Donna M. Decker – January 15, 2021:
https://www.inanna.ca/product/rage-room/#reviews

Jamieson Wolf’s Best Books of 2020

Both Madona Skaff-Koren and Melissa Yi’s books feature on novelist Jamieson Wolf’s Best Books of 2020.

Death by Association

“This book is a thrilling whodunnit of the highest order. The pages flipped by quickly for me and I was desperate to figure out the mystery. Thankfully Skaff-Koren’s writing is so good that every guess I had about the who did what and why was wrong. I love when that happens! I love the minutiae that Skaff-Koren works into the novel. Every small detail is full of red herrings and the plot is full of twists and turns. Madona’s power is in her characters and the strength of her storytelling. Naya is a diverse and amazing character and she propels the story along as you are drawn along with her to discover everything right alongside her.”

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Death by Association

Scorpion Scheme

“Scorpion Scheme was flat out incredible. Set against the sands of Egypt, Dr. Hope Sze and her fiancé Dr. John Tucker go to Egypt and hope to see the sights, but they are drawn into a fight for their lives and a mysterious treasure. I loved this book so much! I was drawn into Hope’s adventure and taken on a thrill ride that came to an explosive conclusion. This is a fantastic book and really made me take a deeper look into the idea of justice, what is right and what is wrong. I loved every minute and every page. It’s a thrilling whodunnit that had me stumped until the end. Egypt came alive in this book. What a privilege to read it!”

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Scorpion Scheme

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

Caro Soles‘s book is an extraordinary piece of fiction. Haunting, and highly evocative, it deserves to find its place in the pantheon of the best of Canadian Literature.”—Maureen Jennngs, Award-winning author of the Murdoch Mysteries and several other series.

“Intimate, evocative and memorable, Caro Soles’s Dancing with Chairs in the Music House holds the reader spellbound from its opening sentence—It’s 1949, a brand new year, and we’re moving. Again.—to its heart-stopping conclusion.—Gail Bowen— award-winning author of the Joanne Kilbourne Series

“Quirky, funny and haunting.”–Linwood Barclay, NYT bestselling author

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

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2020: WOW WHAT A YEAR – Part One!

Happy Much Better New Year Readers!

Anno horribilis, AKA 2020, started out with the Mesdames’ normal busy schedule of book promotions, conferences and teaching. Then wham – COVID hit!

Left Coast Crime San Diego ended after only half a day and the cancellations kept on coming: Bloody Words Minicon, CWC’s Annual Awards Banquet,  Limestone Expo, Word on the Street,  Bouchercon…

But the Mesdames proved unstoppable! We took to social media like a hurricane. We attended conferences, taught classes and in the fall pulled off a stellar book launch marathon – all on Zoom!

Despite the challenging business environment, Carrick Publishing brought out a fabulous new crime fiction anthology, A Grave Diagnosis, featuring stories by 18 of us.  And the Mesdames had several new books and short stories published as well as nominations for leading awards.

Best of all, we continued to grow, welcoming three new members to make us a national organization of 24 crime fiction authors.  This year, we celebrate our 8th anniversary!

Happy New Brighter and Healthier  Year,  dear Readers. And on to more adventures in cyberspace and to creating the books and stories you love!

Note: Thanks to COVID, we accomplished so much this year that WoW What a Year will be in two parts. 

 

 A New Anthology by Carrick Publishing!

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

Amazing publisher and editor, Donna Carrick,  decided to do a medical mystery anthology after M. H. Callway shared her public health experiences over lunch. Thus was A Grave Diagnosis born – well before COVID  struck! 

Donna has dedicated AGD  to our hero frontline health care workers who continue to care for those stricken with this horrible virus, despite months of exhaustion and dangers to their own health, families and loved ones.  

AGD includes 35 stories of medically themed murder or malaise from all over the world.

The 18 Mesdames and Messieurs whose stories appear in AGD, owe Donna a huge debt of thanks for bringing out this book under such challenging times!

Donna Carrick

 

AGD launched on Zoom appropriately on Halloween, Saturday, October  31st.  Marion Misters, co-owner of our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street was our special guest.

The talented Sara Carrick, the designer of our logo and all our anthology book covers, created AGD’s sinister cover. And if you look behind the mask, you’ll spy her in person!

AGD is available in print and on Kindle on Amazon.ca and on order from  Sleuth of Baker Street. Looking forward, too,  to seeing it on the shelves of the Toronto Public Library before too long.

Zoom! Zoom!

Mesdames Book Launch Marathon a Terrific Success!

This fall, we held our first Book Launch Marathon on Zoom, gathering audiences from all over Canada, the USA and as far away as South Africa!

Rosemary McCracken went first on Saturday, October 3rd, launching her new Pat Tierney financial thriller, Uncharted Waters.  Her launch proved so successful that she and  M. H. Callway have a seminar ready to share on How to Have a Successful Zoom Book Launch.

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Madona Skaff

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

 

Caro Soles launched her speculative fiction novel, Marlo’s Dance on October 21st, Madona Skaff, our Zoom pioneer, launched her new mystery, Death by Association on November 7th. On November 21st, Rosemary Aubert celebrated her historical novel, The Light in Trieste, together with new writer,  Blair Keetch, whose latest story appeared in the crime fiction anthology, Heartbreaks and Half-truths.

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa de Nikolits, Caro Soles and new member, Melissa Yi, wound up the series with their smashing tri-author event on November 28th with their latest books: The Rage Room, Dancing with Chairs in the Music House and Scorpion Scheme.

BONUS: All our Zoom events were recorded. Look to see them featured on an upcoming Dead to Writes podcast.

Podcasting: Dead to Writes

Dead to Writes, the Video Podcast

Donna Carrick continued Season 3 of her Dead to Writes podcast into 2020 – a total of 23 interviews!  She then opened her new series, Season 4 for 15 more interviews.

Dead to Writes showcases leading Canadian crime writers, including Maureen Jennings, Rick Mofina and Cathy Ace – and of course, the Mmes of Mayhem.

Get to know the following Mmes and Messrs and the stories behind their publications, by subscribing to DtW: Cathy Astolfo, Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway, Melodie Campbell, Lisa de Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Blair Keetch,  Rosemary McCracken and Madona Skaff.  

In conjunction with Dead to Writes,  tune in to Story Stocking to listen to the podcast of stories from the Mmes fourth anthology, In the Key of 13. In the Key of 13

 Zoom Conferences!

Renaissance Press

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff was our Zoom conference trailblazer. Her publisher, Renaissance Press, hosted two conferences in 2020, the first June 5th to 7th and the second, October 24 to 25th.  Madona participated on several panels and experimented selling her new book, Death by Association, in a virtual bookstore.

 

When Words Collide Welcomes the Mmes!

When Words Collide, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a multi-genre conference held every year in Calgary, Alberta.  Normally, WWC attracts 800+ participants every year and many of us were planning to attend, but COVID intervened. That’s when WWC went on Zoom!

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Ten Mmes took part on several panels held from Friday, August 11th to Sunday, August 13th. One of our fab new members, Jayne Barnardwho’s published in speculative fiction, young adult and crime fiction, participated in the following panels: The Heroine’s Journey, Diversity in Speculative Fiction, From the Mean Streets to the Deadly Wilderness and, with Melodie CampbellPlot vs Character in Crime Fiction.  Melodie, too, writes in all three genres!

Madeleine Harris Callway

M. H. Callway

M. H. Callway moderated two panels showcasing the Mesdames: Meet the Mesdames of Mayhem, with Donna Carrick, Rosemary McCracken and Madona Skaff and  The Long and Short of Crime, with Jane Burfield, Rosemary McCracken, Lynne Murphy and Caro Soles.  And Lisa de Nikolits and Caro whose works are often described as cross-genre, discussed, Can Crossover Fit the Crime.

And we learned all about Zoom’s break-out rooms at the “Pool Patio”, a great way to connect with new authors.

Lynne Murphy

Lynne Murphy

Jane Petersen Burfield

Jane Petersen Burfield

WWC has also made available recordings of the panels on YouTube. Check these on the YouTube When Words Collide channel.

 

 

 

Bloody Words Minicon 

Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman took on COVID and though the Minicon had to be postponed, kept the Bony Blithe contest going. The Minicon is rescheduled for May 28, 2021 — fingers crossed.

This year’s winner of the Bony Blithe Award was Liz Freeland for her novel, Murder in Midtown.

Social Media

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits featured several exciting authors on her Goodreads blog, Interview with an Author.

She also resumed her The Minerva Reader blog where she promotes undiscovered Canadian authors readers should know more about.

 

Several of our Mesdames are fab and committed bloggers. In 2020, M.H. Callway created our new and ongoing feature, Blog Spotlight, where she interviews a Madame or Monsieur and the story behind their successful blog. In 2020, Madeleine interviewed Lisa de Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken (Moving Target) and Melodie Campbell (Bad Girl Blog).

That’s the end of Part One, dear Readers, but before we sign off a huge THANK YOU, to our newsletter editors, Marilyn Kay and Roz Placefor all their hard work keeping us up to date.

Marilyn Kay

Marilyn Kay

Roz Place

Roz Place

LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE ADVENTURES IN 2021!

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Breaking News! Melissa Yi’s January 6th Bookbub Deal

Don’t miss Bookbub’s January 6th Featured Deal. Mme Melissa Yi’s book Terminally Ill will be on sale for just 99 cents!

Terminally Ill

Houdini Meets Murder

Magic? Dr. Hope Sze steers clear of magic.

But when “Elvis the Escape King” chains and nails himself inside a coffin in Montreal’s St. Lawrence River, he can’t break free.

Soon after Hope restarts his heart and saves his life, Elvis demands to know who sabotaged his stunt.

And so Hope plunges into her most unconventional and most terminal adventure yet. Where the magical art of escape and the dastardly art of crime vie for centre stage, and the better man may lose. Forever.

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Get Terminally Ill

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2020 Year-End Round-Up of Books

Dear Readers,

Cats and reading

There’s nothing like a good book to transport your imagination to new worlds, meet fascinating characters and broaden your horizons. So this holiday season, give the gift of books. And while you’re at it,  immerse yourself in the wonderful stories and books written by our own Mesdames and Messieurs of Mayhem

BOOKS

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

Death by Association

Marlo's Dance

The Italian Cure

The Light in Trieste

The Rage Room

Uncharted Waters

What You Take With You

Why the Rock Falls

ANTHOLOGIES

Bould Awards Anthology

Crime Wave

Heartbreaks and Halr-truths

Mystery Most Edible

Beyond Sherlock Holmes

MX Sherlock Holmes Stories

 

 

 

 

 

AND DON’T FORGET THESE ANTHOLOGIES

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

 

Thirteen

13 O'Clock

13 Claws AnthologyIn the Key of 13

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: December, 2020

Happy Holidays, Readers!

Santa CatsAmid the Holiday hustle and bustle, we’re still working to bring you great stories and more. So put up your feet and join us in a good book. We promise, there’s even more to come in January.

 

NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!

Mmes Book Launch Marathon a Winner!

In defiance of Anno Horribilis, we launched a series of terrific Zoom book launches to connect with readers and promote the many new books by the Mmes. While nothing can replace a Real World book launch –  Zoom launches stepped up.

The Mmes Zoom Book Launch Marathon launched on October 3rd and  crossed the finish line on November 28th!  We connected with readers and fellow writers across Canada – and as far away as the UK and South Africa! A huge thank you to authors  Rosemary McCracken, Caro Soles, Donna Carrick, Madona Skaff, Rosemary Aubert, Blair Keetch, Lisa De Nikolits and Melissa Yi for their planning and hard work in making this new venture a terrific success!

And a very special thanks to Marian Misters, co-owner of our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street, for her support during the Zoom Marathon – and throughout Anno Horribilis!

We’re looking to repeat our Zoom Book Launch Marathon in the spring. Stay tuned for details in 2021!

Fingers crossed the new vaccines restore normal life ASAP and that we’ll meet you, dear Reader, in the real world in 2021!

BOOKS

A Grave Diagnosis Is Now Available

A Grave Diagnosis Cover

Huray! You can now find Carrick Publishing’s A Grave Diagnosis on Amazon or order from Sleuth of Baker Street where it is on back order.

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpion Scheme

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yis Scorpion Scheme is available December 1, 2020 in bookstores and on Amazon.

 

 

 

Bould Awards Anthology

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

The BOULD 2020 Anthology, which contains Sylvia Warsh’s story, “Flamingo Nights”, is now available on Amazon.ca.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

MX Sherlock Holmes Stories

Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton

Beyond Sherlock Holmes

Kevin Thornton has been busy writing Sherlock Holmes stories. His story, “The Dundas Separation Case,”  recently published in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XXII received a great review in Publisher’s Weekly. He’s also got a well-received story, “The Impossible Death of a Cad” in Beyond the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a special three-volume collection of sequels to the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi launches her new thriller, Scorpion Scheme, on Tuesday, December 1st, 7 pm, on Facebook Live. For more information, visit the Scorpion Scheme World Premiere Jamboree event page on Facebook.

 

 

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa De Nikolits reads at Noir at the Bar Toronto’s second virtual event on Thursday, December 10th, 7:15 pm. For more information and the link to join the event, visit Noir At The Bar – The December 2020 Edition on Facebook.

Noir at the Bar December 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Many Mmes who are also Sisters in Crime will be at the SinC Toronto/CWC Virtual Holiday, Thursday, Dec 3rd, 6:30 pm .(private event)

SinC-CWC Party 2020

The Mmes of Mayhem will be celebrating their Virtual Cross-Country Holiday Party, Wed, Dec 9th, 7pm (private event)

REMINDERS

CWC AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

CWC Awards of ExcellenceThe deadline for submission to the published categories of the CWC Awards of Excellence (formerly the Arthur Ellis Awards) is December 15.

2021 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award

Bloody Words Mini-Con and Bony Blithe Award

The deadline for submission is December 18th.

Candy canes on store shelves and Christmas muzak everywhere must mean one thing: The deadline for submitting to the 2021 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award – with its prize of a whimsical plaque plus $1000 – is fast approaching. We must receive your books by midnight, December 18, 2020. The award is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and we accept submissions from both publishers and authors. If you are self- or indie-published, you can have your books shipped directly to
us from the printer, distributor, Amazon, or Indigo.

For the full submission rules, visit http://bonyblithe.com/submission-rules/.
For more info, contact them at bw-award@bloodywords.com.

THE HAMMETT PRIZE

The Hammett PrizeThe deadline for submission to the Dashiell Hammett Prize for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing.s is December 15, 2020

Since 1991, the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers has presented the Hammett trophy to the book of the year that best represents the conception of literary excellence in crime writing. Nominations for the Hammett Prize may be submitted by any interested party.

This is a distinguished award for a single book and is open to writers at any stage in their career.

BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE STORIES

Best American Stories

Houghton Mifflin is continuing its “Best of” series under a new editor, Steph Cha, and a new title, Best American Mystery and Suspense.  Authors and editors are welcome to submit published, online or in print, works of short fiction to bestamericanmysterysuspense@gmail.com by December 31, 2020.

Submissions for the 2021 volume:

Authors and editors who wish for their print short fiction to be considered should send their publications or hard copies to the following address:
Heidi Pitlor
The Best American Short Stories
125 High Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02110
Stories published by online journals and magazines can be sent to
thebestamericanshortstories@gmail.com

A list of magazines consulted appears at the back of the book

Eligibility for the 2021 volume:

The qualifications for selection are (1) original publication in nationally distributed American or Canadian periodicals in 2020; (2) publication in English by writers
who are American or Canadian, or who have made the United States their home; (3) original publication as short stories (excerpts of novels are not considered). Unfortunately, we are unable to reply to individual submissions from authors, but will consider work that meets the above criteria.

Looking Forward to:

  • Our virtual writers’ workshop in 2021, sponsored by the Toronto Public Library. Several Mmes will share their writing and publishing knowledge over a day-long Zoom-a-thon. Date TBD.
  • Lots and lots of new books and stories!

Give the Gift of Books!

What’s the best way to cope with renewed lockdowns? Escape into a great book! And the Mesdames published wonderful new books in 2020. Look for our End of Year Roundup of Books coming soon.

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NEWS FLASH! New Books and More Launches!

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

Why the Rock FallsCrime Wave

Mme Jayne Barnard hits it out of the park with TWO new books out this month. Why the Rock Falls, the third book in her terrific Lacey McCrae series is now available on Amazon.ca. She’s also the co-editor of  Crime Wave,  a terrific anthology just released by Sisters in Crime West with a foreword by Mme Melodie Campbell. Jayne’s story, “A Mid-winter Night’s Scream” will make you want to avoid snowbound inns no matter how good the cooking!

And Jayne just completed a new YA novel. We’ll publish the details as soon as they’re available. Mega congratulations!

Reminders!

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Mme Rosemary Aubert and M Blair Keetch  this Saturday, November 21st at 1 pm EST for the launch and discussion of their latest books. Rosemary shares the secrets behind her historical thriller,  The Light in Trieste (Carrick Publishing), which will tell you that the life of an author is never dull! And new crime writer, Blair Keetch, talks about his follow-on success  with the publication of his story, “Deadly Cargo” in the anthology, Heartbreak & Half-truths. (Superior Shores Press).

For the Zoom link email mcallway1@gmail.com

The Light in Trieste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And join the Triple Author Zoom event on Saturday, November 28th at 3 pm EST to meet and chat with Mmes Lisa De Nikolits, Caro Soles and Melissa Yi!

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

 

 

 

 

 

And celebrate the launch of their latest books, now available on Amazon.ca!

For the Zoom link email: mcallway1@gmail.com.

Scorpion SchemeThe Rage Room

 

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A Grave Diagnosis: The Book Launch

Did you miss our Book Launch for A Grave Diagnosis?

We recorded the entire Zoom Book Launch for A Grave Diagnosis. So if you couldn’t be with us for the book launch this past Halloween, or wanted to relive the event or share it with a friend, you can view it right here. Nearly all 35 authors joined interview host, fellow author and publisher, Donna Carrick for a fascinating look into their inspiration for the 35 stories and various characters that make up this anthology.

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Mesdames on the Move: November 2020

What a Busy Month, Dear Readers!

As if October wasn’t exciting enough with the first month of our Zoom Book Happy November CatLaunch Marathon and the launch of A Grave Diagnosis anthology on Halloween, November just might be even busier. 

Our authors just keep writing books and stories and winning awards! This month we continue our Zoom  Book Launch Marathon and officially welcome a new member, Melissa Yi, (also writing under Melissa Yuan-Innes} to our Mesdames’ collective.

Deadlines are also coming up for the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence and the Light Fiction Bony Blithe Award.

Welcome to our new Mme, Melissa Yi!

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi

Melissa Yi is an emergency physician and award-winning writer.

The Globe and Mail hailed Human Remains, one of her Hope Sze novel series, as one of the best Canadian suspense novels to read at the cottage, “a scarier-than-ever murder mystery.” Human Remains was also  the #1 mystery recommendation of CBC Books’ Holiday Gift Guide, followed by Maureen Jennings and Louise Penny.

Melissa was shortlisted for the CWC Award of Excellence (formerly the Arthur Ellis Award) for Best Short Story. She was also a finalist for the prestigious  Derringer Award,  awarded annually by the Short Mystery Fiction Society.  Her stories have been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Jewish Noir, and Montreal Noir, and will soon appear in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Under the name Melissa Yuan-Innes, she also writes medical humour and award-winning speculative fiction.

Meet Melissa on November 28th at the Mesdames’ three-woman book event , together with Mmes Lisa de Nikolits and Caro Soles, where she launches her new novel,  Scorpion Scheme.

The Mesdames of Mayhem Zoom Book Launch Marathon Continues!

Death by AssociationNovember 7th at 2 PM Madona Skaff‘s new book Death by Association, Book 2 of the Naya Investigates series.

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computer expert and former marathon runner Naya, struggles to recover from a serious multiple sclerosis attack, and settles into a routine of daily workouts at the gym. Frustrated by her lack of progress, she’s in no mood for wheelchair bound Larson Rask and his endless prying questions.

Noticing that his legs still look muscular, Naya guesses that he’s only been in the chair for a short time. She puts aside her annoyance to patiently listen to him. To her horror, a police Tactical Unit raids the gym and arrests Larson Rask – on three counts of murder. Was he grooming her to be victim number four?

Reluctantly she’s drawn into the world of sleuthing – tracking a ruthless serial killer who will stop at nothing to stay free.

Available from: Renaissance Press and Amazon.

 

Why the Rock FallsOnly the November 14th Zoom launch is postponedJayne Barnard‘s new book Why The Rock Falls, Dundurn Press, third in the Falls Mysteries series, will be available through Amazon and Dundurn Press on November 14.

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a clash between entrenched oil interests and liberal Hollywood insiders, only two boys, Michael Matheson and Tyrone Caine, remain friends. But soon one member of the rival groups is dead and two more are missing in the Alberta wilds. Ex-cop Lacey McCrae joins the search-and-rescue operation. As thunder rolls over the Ghost Wilderness, a new development sends her on a risky trek up an unstable mountainside, hunting a murderer who is bent on killing again.

“A taut, high-stakes thriller that is deeply personal, internal, and psychological.””, Foreword Reviews

“Beneath the many mysteries of Barnard’s character-driven debut are enduring questions about the complexities of life and the choices people make.”, Kirkus Reviews

Available from:  Dundurn Press and Amazon.

November 21st at 1:00 PM, Rosemary Aubert’s latest book, The Light in Trieste (Carrick Publishing), and Blair Keetch’s story “Deadly Cargo” in Heartbreaks and Half-truths, 22 Stories of Mystery and Suspense, Superior Shores Press.

The Light in Trieste

Rosemary Aubert

Rosemary Aubert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Light in Trieste is a novel of international intrigue that spans three centuries. It’s a tale about illegal immigration: the story of an empress, a refugee and a prostitute, three desperate women in three different time periods, each attempting to use the same stolen antique scientific instrument to bribe her way into a new life in America. It’s a work of fiction based on true events in the past of a remarkable city.

Blair Keech has a story “Deadly Cargo” in Heartbreaks and Half-truths.

Blair Keetch

Blair Keetch

Heartbreaks and Halr-truths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praise for Heartbreaks and Half-truths

“This book is a real orthopedic workout. There are stories that will shiver your spine, tickle your funny bone, and, in a few cases, drop your jaw.”—Robert Lopresti, author of Shanks on Crime and winner of the Derringer and Black Orchid Novella Awards.

“A stellar collection of short stories where the reader is in constant quandary. Insofar as you wish to linger on the ending of one delightful gem of a tale there is also the urge to dive into the next and to stay up into the small hours. I stayed up.”—Kevin Thornton, seven-time Arthur Ellis Awards finalist.

November 28th at 3:00 PM a terrific trio of Lisa de NikolitsThe Rage Room, Caro SolesDancing With Chairs in the Music House and new Mme, Melissa Yi’s’ Scorpion Scheme.

The Rage Room

Lisa de Nikolits

Lisa de Nikolits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if you made the worst mistake of your life and got the chance to fix it? Only you made it so much worse? From the incomparable crafter of nine cross-genre works of fiction, Lisa de Nikolits expands her horizons to pen a grab- you-by-the-throat, feminist speculative-fiction thriller in the style of Groundhog Day meets The Matrix.

Praise for The Rage Room: “In her latest captivating book, Lisa de Nikolits proffers not only a roller coaster of entertainment but also, sharp political commentary in complicated times. The Rage Room is an intricately woven dystopian world, rich in strong female characters who easily whisk readers to a world of futuristic follies. Move over George Orwell—De Nikolits shows us how the future can be scary, exciting, and above all, female.”

—Kelly S. Thompson, national bestselling author of Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces.

 

Dancing with Chairs in the Music House

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Precocious ten-year-old Vanessa Dudley-Morris knows lots of secrets. In 1949 when she and her family are forced to move into two rooms on the second floor of 519 Jarvis Street in Toronto, a genteel but somewhat rundown rooming house owned by a reclusive pianist, she learns a lot more. Despite the family’s drastically reduced circumstances, her parents struggle to keep up their old standards. Threatened by blindness due to an eye condition, Vanessa is kept at home, tutored by an erratic succession of eccentrics, some with questionable credentials. Consequently, she spends a lot of time alone, wandering the dim corridors of the old house, silently listening at doors and watching the odd characters who live there. She becomes fascinated by a mother and son who move into a room on the third floor. Eventually, she agrees to take secret notes from the son to his mysterious friend at her church, unwittingly unleashing a chain of events that leads to tragedy.

Note: Inanna Book Launch for Rage Room and Caro Soles for Dancing with the Chairs in the Music House

Lisa DeNikolits and Caro Soles  also have an Inanna book launch on November 19th at 5 PM EST.

Here is the link to register: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/inanna-booklaunch-fall3/register

 

Scorpion Scheme

Melissa Yi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hope Sze doesn’t need a free trip to Egypt. She can’t afford the flight to Cairo, or the cruise down the Nile, so she’d keep studying in Canada—except her fiancé, Dr. John Tucker, yearns to patrol the pyramids and confront the curse on King Tutankhamun’s tomb. So when a company offers them both a free stay in Cairo in exchange for a month’s work in an emergency department, Tucker lobbies for a pre-honeymoon in the Valley of Kings and Queens, investigating the windswept temple of Hatshepsut, or scuba diving in the Red Sea.

Hope launches into her first mystery based in a birthplace of human civilization. Where the evil god Set battled righteous Horus and Isis in an 80-year war.  Where Antony fell in love with Cleopatra. Where Hope and Tucker must outwit, or fall prey, to a ruthless criminal mastermind.

Kudos and Congratulations

Crime WaveCrime Wave, the first anthology by the Canada West Chapter of SinC, was released on October 29th. It features a foreword by Melodie Campbell and a story by Jayne Barnard.

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Jayne Barnard

Jayne Barnard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come Catch the Wave of Western Canadian Crime Fiction with Crime Wave, the first anthology from members of the Canada West Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Crimes at sea, in coastal villages, in wind-tossed Prairie fields, on icy mountains, in valleys that, instead of offering shelter, trap their residents in fear. The mysteries unfurl in the cold of a Yukon winter night, on a boutique cruise ship, along the Pacific coast and in the BC interior, in a dying Alberta town as winter closes in and in a historical Saskatchewan farming community in the heat of summer. They’re investigated by an amateur sleuth who’s smarter than the local police detective, a freezing cross-country skier, the desperate owners of a struggling B&B, a timid teenage girl, a young RCMP officer, a cruise-ship entertainer, and a senior combating both dementia and murder. The eight mystery stories in Crime Wave range from thrilling, to wistful, to laugh-out-loud funny.”

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh’s story, ”Flamingo Nights”, was accepted for the 2020 BOULD anthology, a collection of offbeat crime stories to be published shortly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malice Domestic’s anthology, Mystery Most Edible, won the 2020 Anthony Award for Best Anthology. Rosemary McCracken’s story, “Dining Out”, is part of this anthology of criminally tasty tales.

Mystery Most Edible

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations! Therese Greenwood won the Alberta Arts Council Wood Buffalo Award of Excellence (a “Buffy”) for achievement in the Literary Arts.

Therese Greenwood

Therese Greenwood

Uncharted Waters

Rosemary McCracken’s new Pat Tierney mystery, Uncharted Waters, got a warm review from Jack Batten in the Toronto Star. Check out Rosemary’s website for Jack Batten’s full review.

Rosemary McCracken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary is also the guest featured on Kevin Tipple’s blog, Kevin’s Corner. He is the Vice President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. Check out her blogpost on “Money, the root of all evil”. And “One Sleuth’s Bottomline” on Kevin’s blog.

Reminders

NaNoWriMo

November is the month of NaNoWriMo. If you are a member of the Toronto Sisters in Crime (SinC) chapter and participating this year, the chapter will offer a support group if five or more writers are interested. To join the support group, please email: ‘info@torontosistersincrime.ca’

(Image courtesy of NaNoWriMo)

CWC Awards of Excellence

Submissions are open for The Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence. Deadline for Published Categories is 15 December 2020

SUBMISSION RULES FOR PUBLISHED CATEGORIES

Bloody Words Mini-con 2019

Bloody Words Mini-Con 2019

Looking for some laughs, or at least smiles, in this time of pandemic?

Well, you’re in luck. Our favourite skelington, Bony Blithe, is back and looking for submissions to the 2021 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award).

If you’re on the Bloody Words/Bony Blithe email list, watch for the submission rules coming soon to your email box. Or you can just visit the website to see the 2021 Submission Rules.

Deadline is December 18, 2020.

 

 

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Come Zoom with the Mesdames’ Mega Book Launch Marathon

We are delighted, dear Readers, to share with you our Zoom Book Launch schedule. In addition, we have a special video invitation to you to join editor Donna Carrick and all the Mesdames for the Halloween launch of A Grave Diagnosis.

The Mesdames of Mayhem’s Mega Book Launch Schedule

AUTHORBOOKLAUNCH DATETIME
Rosemary McCrackenUncharted WatersOct 33PM
Caro SolesMarlo’s DanceOct 217PM
Donna Carrick, editorA Grave DiagnosisOct 312PM
Madona SkaffDeath by AssociationNov 72PM
Rosemary Aubert
Blair Keetch
A Light in Trieste
“Deadly Cargo” in Heartbreaks and Half-truths
Nov 211PM
Lisa de Nikolits
Caro Soles
Melissa Yi
The Rage Room
Dancing with Chairs in the Music House
Scorpion Scheme
Nov 283PM

Note: To attend a book launch, please email the author directly or mcallway1@gmail.com for all book launches, with the exception of A Grave Diagnosis. To attend the A Grave Diagnosis book launch, please email carrickpublishing@rogers.com.

Watch the Fun: Our Launch with Caro Soles and Marlo’s Dance

Here’s our video of the October 21 launch of Marlo’s Dance, featuring author Caro Soles.

A Special Video Invitation for A Grave Diagnosis

Please note: All queries concerning the A Grave Diagnosis Halloween Book Launch on Zoom should be directed to carrickpublishing@rogers.com.

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NEWS FLASH: Zoom Book Launch, Caro Soles and Marlo’s Dance!

Meet author Caro Soles  on Wednesday, October 21st, 7pm, when she launches the new book in her speculative fiction thriller series, Marlo’s Dance.

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

The Zoom launch is by invitation only. To get your invitation please contact mcallway1@gmail.com.

 

 

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